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Sri Lanka wins by three wickets

By Michael Donaldson 29/02/2004 10:57:10 PM Comments (0)

Sri Lanka punished Australia for a poor batting display by winning the final one-day cricket match by three wickets at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground.

In a low-scoring affair, the home side sneaked home by 13 balls, making 7-202 in 47.5 overs after holding Australia to 7-198 off 50 overs.

The hero for Sri Lanka was big pace bowler Nuwan Zoysa, who took three wickets, effected a run-out and scored 47 not out off 42 balls in a man of the match effort.

Often criticised for his physical frailties, the injury-prone left-armer finished the match with the crowd chanting his name as he hit Andrew Symonds to the boundary.

He finished with his best score in 70 one-day internationals, hitting five fours and two sixes.

A key moment came in the 44th over when Brad Williams spilled a catch off Zoysa at backward square leg.

The tall left-armer then took a boundary off Lee on a misfield by Brad Haddin at fine leg before hitting Lee for hit six over wide long-on as the over produced 13 valuable runs for the home side.

Zoysa continued the damage with a straight six of Brad Hogg before two boundaries off each of Symonds' final two overs.

He partnered Russel Arnold in an unbeaten eighth wicket stand of 66 - a record for Sri Lanka against Australia.

Earlier, Michael Bevan's disappointing summer continued with another low score which mirrored Australia's struggles with the bat.

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